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Bink & Gollie

DiCamillo, Kate (Author)
McGhee, Alison (Author)
Fucile, Tony (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2012. 82 pages
First published: 2010
Series: Bink and Gollie
ISBN: 9780763659547 (paperback)
Original language: English
Book type: Graphic Text
Book genre: Humour

Text Elements:

character

Award

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award – 2011

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Bink and Gollie is a fast-paced graphic novel about two best friends who seem to exist in a universe of their own, where anything can happen and each day presents a new opportunity for adventure. Bink is childlike and impulsive while Gollie is more pensive and responsible.

The first chapter opens with Bink phoning Gollie to ask what they should do that day. Gollie answers: “Greetings, Bink. I long for speed.” The two go roller-skating and are lured into a store by a sign that reads “Bargain Bonanza of the day: outrageously bright socks!” Bink gets a pair of socks that are so bright, Gollie refuses to have her over for pancakes unless she removes them.

In another chapter, Bink adopts a goldfish called Fred. She keeps him in a small bowl, which she brings everywhere, even roller-skating. When the fish bowl smashes, Gollie saves Fred’s life by throwing him into the nearby pond.

The text is minimal and composed mostly of the unique and clever dialogue between Bink and Gollie. When Gollie is jealous of Bink’s bond with Fred, Bink says: “Use your gray matter. Don’t you know you are the most marvelous companion of all?” The digitally composed illustrations are cartoonish, with Bink and Gollie shown in colour while their surroundings are black and white. The images highlight the differences between the two: Bink is tiny with spiky blond hair and Gollie is tall with straight brown hair. There is a playfulness to the illustrations that matches the creative world in which they live.

Bink and Gollie is an entertaining and heartwarming chronicle of the continuous challenges and pleasures of having a best friend.

  •  What is friendship? Discuss what makes for a good friend and what one has to do to keep a friend.
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    What is the meaning of the word compromise? Discuss situations in which you had to compromise so that you and a friend were able to get along. Is compromise essential to friendship?

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    Make a character map for Bink and Gollie that shows what they have in common as well as how they are special and unique.

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    What is friendship? Brainstorm what makes a good friend and what one has to do to keep a friend.

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    As the story is read, list and discuss expressions used by Bink and Gollie.

  •  Discuss Bink and Gollie’s character traits. Create a character map for each of them. How are they similar and different?
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    Choose a friend. What activities do you do with your friend? Create character maps for both of you. Compare how you are similar and different. When do you think the two of you could need to compromise?

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    In the same style, create a short comic strip about a time of compromise. Use some of the listed expressions.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Ethics and Religious Culture
  • Oddrey (D. Whamond) (Character)